Friday, December 30, 2016

Azabu Sabo - Hokkaido Ice Cream

On my recent trip to Singapore, this is one dessert we never miss.  Yes, Hokkaido Ice Cream many flavors to choose from but my favorite is still the green tea flavor.  So yummy good ! Azabu Sabo at Clarke Quay serves very good ice cream and we girls just wanna have one before we leave for dinner.  Dessert first before dinner for once :p

my son Josh loves chocolate and daughter Elaine loves green tea
see their happy faces :)

Dad is the only one who wanna skip dessert
and rather be our photographer :)

Wishing Everyone a Blessed  2017

Fun And Exciting Water Games With Inflatable Water Balls

I don’t know about you but I love to watch young people playing water games. They are so energetic and they have so much fun and exercise playing in the water. Have you seen a water polo game before? It is really amazing how the players can stay afloat and at the same time actively participating in the game, throwing and catching the ball. One thing for sure is that the players are all very strong and they are really good swimmers.

There are other water games that are also fun and the players need not necessary know how to swim. These games are played using large inflatable water balls. These inflatable water balls are made of transparent, odourless and durable plastic and they come in multi colours. These balls are designed for players to move on water encased inside the balls and are popular and suitable for both children and adults. The players get inside the ball through a zipper and they can choose to walk around on the water surface or simply bump into one another. Since there is no fixed rules, the children are not restricted in the way they move and bump into one another on the water. And in the midst of having fun, they are being exercised. It is important to buy good quality inflatable water balls for the safety of the players.

Another type of inflatable water ball is the water zorb ball. The difference between a zorb ball and a water ball is that water ball has one layer where else a zorb ball has more layers than the water ball. These zorb balls can be used on water as well as on land where the players get into these balls to bump or knock into one another. If you are interested to look up these inflatable products, you can check online at here for more details.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year To All

First I would like to wish all my readers and  friends 


May God bless everyone with good health and happiness and peace
in 2017

When I was in Singapore last week, I find some time to meet up with a dear friend whom I got to know through blogging 8 years ago and have not got the opportunity to meet her in person until my recent trip to Singapore. She is Grace of Piggy's Cooking Journal.  I  visits her blog often and love trying out the recipes she so generously shared with us on her blog.  It was awesome meeting her and her lil princess Rae Ann.  Though our meet up was short , the 40 mins we shared together was like we have known each other for decades :)  Grace has a  cheerful and bubbly personality and I hope to be able to meet up with her again on my next trip to Singapore. 

She gifted me this delicious Juchheim  cake....thank you Grace, hubby and I love this chocolate flavor one very much. I was first introduced to this cake, different flavor, by my daughter Elaine last Christmas when she gifted me one.

moist yet light and fluffy

Rae Ann, cheerful and bubbly princess just like the mommy :)

Rae Ann and her Aunty Elin

taken with Grace and Rae Ann :)

How You Can Damage The Environment By Drinking Bottled Water

You may have read advice that you need to drink eight average sized glasses of water each day to remain healthy. This is not entirely true; everyone requires a different amount of liquid intake in order to remain healthily hydrated. That being said, it’s important to make sure you stay hydrated and drinking water is an excellent way of making sure this happens.

Of course, you can just drink water straight from the tap in your home or office. If you decide to do this you should be aware that there may be additives, chemicals and dirt present in the water. So, is drinking bottled water the best solution then? Actually, there is no evidence that bottled water is any healthier to drink than tap water. Drinking bottled water can also have a detrimental effect on the environment. We are going to take a look at why this is the case and why filtering your tap water makes more sense.

How drinking bottled water affects the environment

As we have already mentioned, bottled water is no healthier to drink than tap water, despite what you may think. If you choose to drink bottled water you should be aware of the potentially detrimental effect you may be having on the environment.

Once you have finished the water you dispose of the bottle. Many of these bottles which are thrown away end up in landfill sites or in the ocean. This is obviously not a good thing.

Why filtering tap water is a better option

Tap water is treated by the utility provider before it’s delivered to your home. This treatment process is intended to kill any bugs which may be present in the water, but the treatment involves using chemicals such as chlorine which can adversely affect the taste of the water. Tap water can also pick up other chemicals and additives, as well as dirt, as it travels along pipes to your home or office building.

The healthiest way to obtain water to drink is filtering your tap water. Water filtration removes additives and dirt from your water supply and makes it safe and tasty for you to drink. There are several different water filtration solutions on the market including whole building filtration systems and under sink water filters. If you want a clean water supply for your office building you may want to invest in drinking water fountains. You can take a look at drinking water fountains for sale to find the best product for your needs.

As you can see, it’s not a good idea to drink bottled water if your aim is to have a clean and healthy water supply. It’s also not good for the environment. If you want to make sure that the water you drink is safe and great tasting your best option is to invest in a water filtration system that meets the requirements of your home or office. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Corned Beef Rolls

Just back from Singapore.  As promised, will be sharing the recipe for making these delectable corned beef rolls. Making bread is fun and to feel the dough stretching to window pane stage is so therapeutic . I styled them into 2 designs. One is the swiss roll type and the other is the rose shaped . Sorry , I am still learning to refine my styling :p)  After baking the rose did not stay in shape.  I believe practice makes perfect.  Though the rose buns are not nicely shaped BUT the texture and taste is wonderful ! Both taste the same just different in shape.  I love making different was fun , like play doh for adults :) Anyway here is the promised recipe .   Hope you like it as much as we do :) 

ingredients are half a tin of corned beef mashed and blend together with
diced red onions, chillies and diced green pepper

divide dough into two portions - one for the rolls and
one for the rose shape buns
for the rolled buns, roll out 1st portion of dough into 
rectangular shape of 1/4" thickness,
spread the mashed corned beef mixture on surface. 
Place the long side facing you and start rolling 
towards the end like how you roll a  swiss roll .

cut into equals parts and place them on greased baking tray
and let them proof for 25 mins , then bake in preheated oven of 180C
for 15 to 20 mins till golden brown and cooked

for the 2nd portion of dough, divide into equal portions, flatten dough
and roll into a round disc.  Cut slit from outside inward as shown in the
picture above. Place a heaped tablespoon of corned beef mixture in the centre
and wrap as shown in the picture below

place the shaped rose bun on greased tray and let proof for 25 mins,
bake in preheated oven of 180C for  15 -20 mins till golden brown

love the aroma of freshly baked buns...what more with corned beef fillings

Corned Beef Rolls - adapted from Sonia 
I double the ingredients to make 2 different shapes

400g High Protein Flour or Bread Flour
260g cold milk 
70g sugar
6g instant yeast (1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp)
1/4 tsp salt
50g butter, room temperature

Corned Beef Fillings
( mix all the ingredients together )

1/2 tin of corned beef -mashed
1/2 green pepper - diced
1 red chilli - sliced
1/2 red onion - diced

To make the dough

Mix all ingredients except butter in a mixing bowl, combine and knead till smooth.
Add in butter, continue to knead till elastic and smooth dough. Keep aside to rise till double in size.

Divide into 2 portions - one for the rolled buns and one for the rose shape.

Please refer to the above pics on how to shape the rolls and rose buns.

Happy baking !

Gibson SG

My son loves music and he plays the piano and guitar well . He started learning to play the guitar when he was a young boy of age 10.  Hardly can hold the guitar I can still remember :) He will just strum the guitar as if he knows how to .  Well , today he is a good guitarist and he keep changing guitars often. I know he is eyeing this Gibson SG for sometime now.  Well, I am in favor of him selling off his old one and get this Gibson SG after all Christmas is just around the corner . He should reward himself one since he will be joining his colleagues in music jamming during the weekends.

Gibson SG gives Smooth, efficient performance with a vintage vibe and I seriously think he has made a good choice.  A musician knows best though. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Special Tau Fu Fah @ Concubine Lane

There are many good Tau Fu Fah in Ipoh town and this is one of them.  This Tau Fu Fah comes with palm sugar syrup and has  brown sugar sprinkle on top  and garnished with  toasted black sesame seeds.  You can get a good bowl of Tau Fu Fah from Concubine Lane.  It is one of the attraction from Concubine Lane.  I never forget to stop by here for a good bowl of tau fu fah after a good lunch at Thean Chun Coffee Shop. Concubine Lane is just opposite Thean Chun Coffee Shop in Ipoh Old Town. It is crowded during weekends and school holidays .

this is the shop where you can get a good bowl of tau fu fah
with special garnishings

crowded during school holidays and weekends

Blunt Bangs Bob Cosplay Wig

Wigs are back in fashion.  When I was in my twenties, I used to change my hair style very often. At least once a month, I will visit my hair stylist and ask to have new hair style.  My hair used to be long and has natural curls.  I remembered asking my hair stylist to  style my hair like the one actress Jacklyn Smith, one of Charlie's Angel Girls is having:) So cool..right!  And my hair stylist will give me a kind of look as if to say " sorry lady, you don't have that much hair to have her hair style " LOL!
This beautiful Ombre Wig will do for now.  It looks simple and elegant. It will definitely make me look younger than my present hair style :p  Seriously, it is a good idea to wear convenient and one can look beautiful at any dinner function without having to make appointment with the hair stylist and most important, hair stylist may not be able to give you a good cut.
But now it is so different for me, the hair is thinning and turning grey too , thus wearing a wig would solve all the problems.  I can have any hair style I like.  Save trip to the hair stylist and I can have new hair style every day :) I decided to have a look at all the wigs and maybe I should get a few so that I can have cosmetic done for the hair.  Hair is  most important for the ladies.  Looking great  will uplift one's image.  I found a few great ones and that will make me look great :)   Heat Resistant Synthetic Wig is good for hot weather like ours.  I quite like this 10" Blunt Bangs Bob Cosplay wig, comes in black, dark brown and light brown. It is capless and synthetic and has a free style hairline . Love the dark brown and has a nice bob look.  I think with this look, I will look 15 years younger :p. Seriosuly !